Chinese Grand Prix – Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi will start Sunday’s race from the very back of the grid, having been forced to take a new gearbox after his qualifying crash.
The Italian driver crashed heavily during qualifying, resulting in him requiring a trip to the medical centre for a check-up – precautionary tests that he came through with no problems. He made it into Q2 despite the crash, but wasn’t able to take part due to the damage to his car.
“For me it was a disappointing ending to qualifying.” he said afterwards. “It was all good until the last corner of my final lap. I was already in Q2 and improving my lap time, but I pushed a bit too much, touched the grass in the exit of the last corner and then lost the rear of the car. I apologize to the team for what happened. Tomorrow I will do my best to put in a good performance.”
With the team carrying out extensive repairs on the car, they have needed to fit his C36 with a new gearbox, triggering a five place grid penalty.
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He will thus start his second ever Grand Prix from plum last, behind fellow penalty receivers Romain Grosjean & Jolyon Palmer.
Having put in an eye-catching debut race in Australia a fortnight ago, Giovinazzi will be aiming to put in another solid drive as he starts the season in place of the recuperating full time driver Pascal Wehrlein.